Nathi Madondo has an extensive history of student development work which he has undertaken since the late 1990s and he is now a most valued academic in the Science Extended Curriculum Programme at Rhodes University, which aims to broaden access to higher education for students whose schooling left them ill-equipped for success. Nathi however prepares students for mainstream courses in Science through the discipline of Science itself. He works hard to make the ways of ‘doing and being’ accessible to the students in his class so that the ‘mysteries’ of scientific language are dismantled. His research interests involve investigating ways in which we might be enabling or constraining genuine access to powerful knowledge. Such interests are informed by, among other things, a call in the higher education sector to better understanding of the processes of epistemological access and the problem of the absenting of certain knowledges, experiences and identities from our universities. 

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